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March 16, 2018, 12:00 AM

Fridays Devotional

Good Morning

Here is another scripture collage:

"Perfect through sufferings.

Lord Jesus, You prayed, "My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. Stay here and watch with Me." You went a little farther and fell on Your face, and prayed, saying, "O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will." And being in agony, You prayed more earnestly. Then Your sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.…

The pains of death surrounded me, and the pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow. Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. Look on my right hand and see, for there is no one who acknowledges me; refuge has failed me; no one cares for my soul.

You, Jesus, were despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And I hid, as it were, my face from You; You were despised, and I did not esteem You.

You know suffering, my Savior—the fact that You suffered for me humbles me. You know my pains and pangs and You alone are my Refuge."

Hebrews 2:10; Matthew 26:38–39; Luke 22:44; Psalm 116:3; Psalm 69:20; Psalm 142:4; Isaiah 53:3

Bro. Paul

March 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

Thursday's Devotional

Good Morning

Here is a Thursday morning scripture collage:

"Adorn the doctrine of God our Savior in all things.

Lord God, may my conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ. May I abstain from every form of evil. If I am reproached for the name of Christ, I am blessed. But may I never suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people’s matters. May I become blameless and harmless, Your child without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom I shine as a light in the world. May my light so shine before men, that they may see my good works and glorify You, my Father in heaven.

I will bind mercy and truth around my neck, write them on the tablet of my heart, and so find favor and high esteem in Your sight and in the sight of man. Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—I will meditate on these things.

Transform my meditations … Keep me from evil … And let me shine as Your light."

Titus 2:10; Philippians 1:27; 1 Thessalonians 5:22; 1 Peter 4:14–15; Philippians 2:15; Matthew 5:16; Proverbs 3:3–4; Philippians 4:8

Bro. Paul

March 14, 2018, 12:00 AM

Wednesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Daniel 3:17–18

"Our God … will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods."

I don’t care how strong a Christian you are; peer pressure today is so intense that you cannot cope with it apart from the Lord. If you don’t depend on God with all of your heart, if you don’t ask God to give you the strength that you need to stand up and be counted, and if you don’t realize that He is your ally and goes with you every day, you cannot possibly make it through these years without the risk of ruining your life.

Three young men from the Book of Daniel (chapter three)—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego—are models for depending upon God when the heat is on. When everyone in Babylon was bowing down to the king’s idol (including, apparently, the rest of the Jewish captives), these three refused. One way to get noticed in a crowd is to remain standing when everyone else is bowing on their knees!

Their dependence was on God alone, and He delivered them. Every person who walks with God must be prepared to depend on Him when the pressure comes to conform.

Bro. Paul

March 12, 2018, 12:00 AM

Monday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Psalm 107:29

"He calms the storm, so that its waves are still."

Remember the story in the Gospels about Jesus and the disciples in a boat on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 8:23–27)? A fierce storm arose, and the disciples were certain they were about to perish. The disciples learned a great lesson that day, one that could only be taught in a storm—not in a classroom. Jesus had gone to the back of the boat to take a nap, and a huge storm blew up. Their fear is most evident in Luke’s account: "Master, Master, we are perishing!" (Luke 8:24). It would appear they didn’t make the connection immediately that riding in the boat with them was the One who created the wind and the waves. Perhaps it did click with them, and that’s why they woke Jesus up and were chastised by Him for their "little faith."

But we can understand how they felt, because it’s how we feel when the storms of our lives come up. We forget that we know the very One who allowed the storm in the first place and that He can cause it to stop or see us through it.

Bro. Paul

March 12, 2018, 12:00 AM

Tuesday's Devotional

Good Morning Everyone,

Let's look at Lamentations 3:22–23

"Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness."

When Thomas Chisholm wrote the words to the song, "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," he made a tiny error. The song is based on this scripture. He wrote, "Morning by morning, new mercies I see." But the point of this passage is that the prophet Jeremiah did not see any new mercies. He didn’t see a thing. He had no visible evidence of God’s mercies at all. Morning by morning brought horror and pain and dread—not new mercies. Jeremiah was not saying, "I trust You because I understand everything that is going on in my life." He was saying, "I trust You because You are God and You cannot fail. And I know You cannot lie."

There are times when life is not easy, when it is hard to believe in the faithfulness of God. We try to hold on and find out what God is up to, and sometimes He seems to have disappeared. And we listen to the words of the enemy who tries to pull us away from what we know and cause us to operate on how we feel.

God is faithful whether you feel like He is or not, whether you think He is or not, whether you observe His faithfulness or not. God, who cannot lie, is faithful.

Bro. Paul

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